U.S. Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa
Published August 24, 2021
U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit crew chiefs with the 509th Aircraft Maintenance squadron prepare a B-2 Spirit for takeoff at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Aug. 23, 2021. Thanks to its nearly 6,000-mile unrefueled range, the B-2 is capable of expediently delivering massive fire power anywhere on the globe through the most challenging enemy defenses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Parker J. McCauley)
U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit crew chiefs assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and pilots with the 393rd Bomb Squadron, load luggage onto a stealth bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Aug. 23, 2021. Strategic bomber missions enable crews to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency, and validate our always-ready global strike capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Parker J. McCauley)
Three U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft from 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, arrived at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, for a long-planned Bomber Task Force mission where the aircraft will conduct theater and flight training across Europe and Africa.
The BTF missions, which have been occurring since 2018, provide theater familiarization for aircrew members and opportunities for U.S. integration with NATO allies and regional partners. The bomber missions enhance readiness and provide the training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe.
“Regularly cooperating bomber activities with allies and partners helps us better address challenges in today’s complex global security environment,” said General Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander. “Strong partnerships are essential to our ability to deter, defend and win.”
Strategic bomber missions showcase the Air Force’s ability to continue to execute flying missions, sustain readiness and support our allies and partners around the globe.
To align with Department of Defense, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and host nation policy, all U.S. Air Force personnel immediately entered a restriction of movement upon arrival in Iceland. Personnel were medically screened prior to travel.
Continuing coverage of this deployment will be available on this website and on the DVIDS hub at: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/bombertaskforceeurope.